updated on 07 March, 2022
Meeting of AIRBSNLEWA with Secretary( Telecom ):- Comrade Prahlad Rai GS, Comrade Kishan Singh Ji, President CHQ and Comrade A J Ram, CS Delhi Circle met Secretary DoT and while submitting the Memorandum discussed the following;-
Pension revision of BSNL pensioners w.e.f. 1.1.2017. While welcoming the Secretary Telecom, we discussed the memorandum in detail mainly the pension revision of BSNL pensioners with effect from 1.1.2017. we explained that before 1.10.2000, we were DoT employees and after formation of BSNL w.e.f. 1.10.2000, we exercised our option for absorption in BSNL with the assurance of Govt. of India for the Government pension after incorporating the 37-A in the CCS Pension Rules 1972. Accordingly BSNL pensioners are drawing pension from DoT/ consolidated fund of Govt. of India. Earlier, the Pension revision of BSNL pensioners was done wef 01-01-2007 and was further due for revision w.e.f. 1.1.2017 after 10 years. Whereas the counterpart pensioners of DoT, are getting revised pension as per 7th CPC w.e.f. 1.1.2016 after 10 years from 1.1.2006. But for BSNL pensioners, the pension has not been revised even after 15 years on the pretext of non-revision of Pay of the working employees of BSNL due to its continuous loss making.
We further explained to Secretary Telecom that we BSNL pensioners are not playing any role in the profit and loss of BSNL. Our pension contribution has already been paid to the DoT on the maximum of pay scale during our services, as per Rule 37-A CCS Pension Rule 1972 provisions. Thus, the linking of Pension revision of retired persons with the pay revision of working employees is not at all justified. It is experienced that some DoT officers dealing with the pension revision issue are quite indifferent with the absorbed employees of BSNL and with their over jealous attitude, they are linking pension revision with pay revision to avoid the revision and settle their score with the absorbed employees of BSNL. Whereas these DoT officers are serving in BSNL /MTNL on deputation and are enjoying the pay revision with all other benefits of 7th CPC at par with their counter parts in the DoT and they are also enjoying revised pension after their retirement from BSNL as per 7th CPC. We further explained that a group ‘D’ employees of BSNL is drawing Rs.3500/- per month pension after their retirement from BSNL, whereas a group ‘D’ retired from DoT is drawing Rs.9000/- per month pension. But this fact has never been appreciated by the establishment section of DoT. We also explained that 9 recommendations of the 7th CPC has already been implemented for the BSNL pensioners by the DoT, except the Pension revision of BSNL pensioners on flimsy ground.
We also discussed about payment of arrears of 78.2% IDA fitment benefit w.e.f. 1.1.2007 instead of June 2013 as per DPE order to BSNL Pensioners & also regarding the notices under section 154 of Income Tax Act, 1961 being received by many BSNL pensioners from Income Tax department having combined service in DoT and BSNL for payment of income tax for the leave encashment received for the service rendered in DoT.
The Secretary Telecom patiently heard our submissions and after some discussions on the above issues assured that he will get it examined shortly.
We extended our sincere gratitude and thanks to the Secretary Telecom for giving us a patient hearing for more than half an hour and his kind consideration and for the assurance for examining issues raised by us.